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Get this: ESPN wants sanctions against JPP for suing them for invasion of privacy

Douchejuice Adam Schefter 'explained' to Sports Illustrated why he put his source-cum-thief at risk when he posted Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records.

“This was a public figure and franchise player involved in a widely speculated accident with potential criminal behavior in which there was a cone of secrecy that surrounded him for five days that not even his own team could crack, Schefter told SI.”

“The extent of his injuries were going to come to light, maybe that day or later that week, but soon. They’re horrific injuries, incredibly unfortunate for the player. But in a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof.”

(So, hitherto, unless Schefter reports with supporting pictures and or video, don't trust him. Right?)

Those source-cum-thieves were finally fired by Jackson Health Systems. Here is the statement from Jackson Health System:

"During the investigation of a breach that occurred in July 2015, Jackson Health System became a party to related litigation. It is our policy that we do not comment during pending litigation. That litigation has now been settled. As part of our investigation into the breach, it was discovered that two employees inappropriately accessed the patient's health record. That finding resulted in the termination of both employees. Protecting the privacy of our patients is a top priority at Jackson Health System. Any time we have allegations of a breach, we immediately and thoroughly investigate."

And now? JPP has sued ESPN and Schefter. Pierre-Paul, 27, sued ESPN and Schefter in a Florida court Wednesday citing a violation of his privacy.

Schefter “improperly obtained” Pierre-Paul’s medical chart showing the defensive end had his right index finger amputated and posting the record on Twitter to nearly 4 million followers, the suit says.

“This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of plaintiff’s medical records, all so Schefter could show the world that he had ‘supporting proof’ of a surgical procedure,” the suit says.

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Pierre-Paul’s Miami Dade County civil suit, which does not specify money damages, says that while the player’s injury may have been “a matter of legitimate public concern” the “chart was not.”


A spokesman for ESPN and Schefter declined to comment at the time. Today? The Post reports Pierre-Paul is "doubling down" on his invasion of privacy lawsuit against ESPN, demanding to know how sportscaster Adam Schefter obtained his medical records.

The Giants star’s demand for information comes after the network asked a Florida federal court judge for sanctions against the NFL player for bringing what it called a “meritless” suit against the press.

Lawyers for ESPN and Schefter are also asking a judge to toss the case, citing First Amendment protections and a Florida law the allows journalists to seek fines against merit-less claims against free speech.

“The First Amendment prohibits punishing truthful speech relating to matters of public concern,” ESPN attorney Deanna Shullman says in court papers.

“It is clear that football, including a serious injury suffered by a professional football player, is a legitimate public concern,” Shullman says.

The Post continued:

But Pierre-Paul insists in a filing submitted Thursday that he has a right to know “the precise circumstances under which [his medical] chart was given to Schefter.” The football star also wants to know if Schefter paid the hospital for his private medical information.

Pierre-Paul says the Florida suit shouldn’t be tossed because he’s not challenging the newsworthiness of the ESPN report about his injury, only Schefter’s decision to publish a photo of the hospital chart.

“ESPN does not explain how [Pierre-Paul’s] medical records were of legitimate public concern, as opposed to simply reporting that the injury occurred,” the player’s attorneys say in court papers.

The lawyers, Mitchell Schuster and Kevin Fritz of Meister Seelig & Fein, add that Florida law prohibits third parties from disclosing medical records obtained by doctors or hospital staff.


“Nothing exempt sports reporters from the law’s protection of medical records,” Schuster and Fritz argue in court papers.

A hearing is scheduled for later this month in Miami federal court.

Pierre-Paul has already settled with Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. You remember them. Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, had promised not to rest until the thief was unearthed.


[NY Post]

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